An article widely shared on social media claims that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the President of United States, recently changed his stance on the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and commented that vaccines are not working as advertised. We fact-checked and found that the claim is mostly false.
“Dr. Fauci Admits Vaccines Did Not Work as Advertised and that Vaccinated Are in Great Danger Today,” reads the title of an article published on a news website Gateway Pundit. The article further claims that Dr. Fauci’s advocating the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is a clear proof of vaccines being ineffective.
Did Fauci say vaccines are proving to be ineffective?
No. Dr. Fauci did not say that vaccines are proving to be ineffective.
In a recent podcast, Dr. Fauci talked about the waning immunity and how booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines can help. But he never mentioned, “COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective” OR “COVID-19 vaccines are not working as advertised.”
Is Dr. Fauci’s advocating booster shots a proof of vaccine ineffectiveness?
No. Clinical research has shown that vaccines are effective. However, the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed that the effectiveness of the vaccines can decrease over a period of time. This is the same thing Dr. Fauci was also explaining in the recent podcast.
Moreover, this is not the first time Dr. Fauci has advocated the importance of booster shots. In April 2021, when the vaccination drive was in its early days in most parts of the world, Dr. Fauci had predicted that we may need booster dose.
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